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Mending Broken Wings
so they are Free to Fly
HOW WE REACH
Our mission is to come alongside survivors of human trafficking by lending support and providing help that empowers them during their healing journey. We are committed to our purpose, and with the help of our partners and donors, we support survivors of human trafficking on their journey toward a better life.
SUPPORT: We have stepped in to join survivors during their healing process, whether volunteering our time to support on an emotional level, chaplaincy, laptops for continuing education, mentorship classes, gap assistance, care packages, coming alongside partner organizations and providing program goal-based incentives, or acting as a non-governmental community-based advocate with the King County CSEC (Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children) Task Force in Washington state, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, or the U.S. Department of Justice.
HEALING: When thinking of human trafficked victims, we initially consider the emotional state of the survivor; but just as emotional healing is important, physical healing is also an essential part of recovery. As an esthetician and wellness advocate, our founder has used her background to address and improve issues on survivors’ skin to help them reclaim their bodies.
SELF-ESTEEM: We have learned that self-esteem, self-care, and self-love are intertwined and that one always leads to the other; so, we focus here. Through 100% pass through of all donations received and the net proceeds from product sales, we have provided survivors with free skin consultations and services, gifted them their own personal cosmetic bag filled with luxurious, medical-grade corrective skincare products, supplements, and other gifts, as well as Free To Fly self-discovery journals.
FREEDOM: We have seen how the permanence of a branding tattoo, which may have served as a punishment or sign of ownership, overpowers the true freedom of victims. Because no survivor should ever have to live with this type of public reminder on their body, we have assisted recovering victims with tattoo removal to help empower them so that one day they may be Free To Fly again.
"As a survivor of severe trauma myself, I am intimately aware of the personal self-worth struggles that those who have been victimized endure and why it is also important that their basic needs of safety and survival are met."
Yolanda Christensen, Free To Fly Founder
The International Labour Organization estimates 49.6 million people were living in modern slavery in 2021, of which 27.6 million were in forced labor and 22 million in forced marriage. Of the 27.6 million people in forced labor, 17.3 million are exploited in the private sector; 6.3 million in forced commercial sexual exploitation, and 3.9 million in forced labor imposed by state. Although women and girls account for 4.9 million of those in forced commercial sexual exploitation, and for 6 million of those in forced labor in other economic sectors, men and boys are exploited as well.
We also recognize there are various other types of human trafficking crimes being committed, including familial trafficking, organ donation trafficking, forced begging, and more. It is our commitment to make all these areas our focus at Free To Fly.
There are days we drive by certain places, or see certain things and wish we had our own personal SWAT team to kick down doors and use shock grenades! However, we are on the prevention side, and also the nurturing side for survivors.
Prevention has always been on our founder’s heart; to stop the tragedy of trafficking before it begins. Knowing what to look for, and raising awareness. If you suspect someone may be sexually exploited, report it!
Self care and self love are very important for physical, mental and spiritual healing, and the mind and skin are connected on many levels.
To help, we volunteer our time to support the vulnerable on an emotional level, and also provide beauty and skin care gift bags to survivors on their journey to freedom.
Private investors cover our operating costs so 100% of your donation, and the net proceeds from our store, go to helping children, adolescents, and adults affected by human trafficking.
Please consider partnering with us by making a donation or purchasing your skin care products here.
Together we can put an end to this atrocity because everyone deserves to be Free To Fly.
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WHO WE ARE
Free To Fly is a survivor led non-profit organization with a mission to bring awareness, free and mend the brokenness of children, adolescents and adults affected by human trafficking. Even if reaching just one life, one life is worth it!
Our purpose is to raise awareness and help intervene on behalf of children, adolescents and adults forced or coerced into modern day slavery. Private investors cover our operating costs so 100% of your donation, and the net proceeds from our eCommerce store, go to helping survivors affected by human trafficking.
Mending Broken Wings
so they are Free to Fly
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ABOUT THE FOUNDER
Yolanda is a survivor. Coming out of her own traumatic childhood of neglect and abuse, to later witnessing the world of exploitation.
She met her husband Eric, who believed in her and encouraged her, despite her lack of confidence, education, and the trials she survived. She became an esthetician and practiced for more than 15 years. Esthetics gave her a chance at something she loves, but she felt called to use both her past and passion for something greater.
With the help of an extremely qualified trauma specialist Yolanda had an opportunity of hope and healing from PTSD. Dr. Pierce came alongside her, and Yolanda states she has been the greatest mentor in her lifetime, bringing freedom and courage to progress and grow.
She now uses her background and experience to give hope and encouragement to those survivors of human trafficking who are on their healing journey.
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